Chief of Naval Air Services
|Chief of Naval Air Services|
Ensign of the Royal Navy
|Department of Admiralty|
|Member of||Board of Admiralty|
|Reports to||Chief of Naval Staff|
|Nominator||First Lord of the Admiralty|
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
|Term length||Not fixed (typically 1–3 years)|
|Inaugural holder||Admiral The Hon. Sir Alexander Ramsay|
The Chief of Naval Air Services (CNAS) was formerly one of the members of the Board of Admiralty created in 1938 as part of the establishment of the Admiralty Naval Staff. The office was held jointly with that of the Fifth Sea Lord until 1956 when it was abolished.
In 1917 a Chief of Naval Air Service was established as an additional joint title of the Fifth Sea Lord the office holder was made responsible for control and direction of all naval aviation and was abolished following the transfer of naval aviation to the Royal Air Force in 1918. In 1938 the title of the Board member designated, though not appointed Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air) was altered to Fifth Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Air Services. In July 1942 the office of Fifth Sea Lord lapsed leaving just the office Chief of Naval Air Services until 1943 when this office was renamed Chief of Naval Air Equipment until 1945 when it it was revived. In 1943 a new member of the admiralty naval staff was later appointed Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air). This office existed until 1956 when it was abolished.
- Admiral The Hon. Sir Alexander Ramsay 1938–1939
- Vice-Admiral Sir Guy Royle 1939–1941
- Rear-Admiral Sir Lumley Lyster 1941–1942
- Admiral Sir Frederic Dreyer 1942–1943
- Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Troubridge 1945–1946
- Admiral Sir Philip Vian 1946–1948
- Vice Admiral Sir George Creasy 1948–1949
- Vice Admiral Sir Maurice Mansergh 1949–1951
- Vice Admiral Sir Edmund Anstice 1951–1954
- Vice Admiral Sir Alexander Bingley 1954–1956
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